Dance students perform at alumni reunion

Nine students from the San Jacinto College South dance program recently performed at the Sam Houston State University Alumni Reunion and Concert (ARC). Dr. Patty Haselbarth, SHSU alum, former SHSU dance program coordinator, and current San Jacinto College South dance professor and director of the San Jac Dance PAC, and Jamie Zahradnik, SHSU alum and San Jacinto College adjunct instructor, accompanied the dancers to Huntsville for a weekend of classes that culminated in a  dance concert featuring works by SHSU alumni. One of the most interesting classes the students took was an aerial silk class.  The participating current San Jacinto College dance students were Emily Cain, Hannah Christmas, Cindy Gil, Ty’Esha Lewis, Koreena Lopez, Stefania Morales, Erica Rosell, Miriam Valencia and Rochelle Williams.

The San Jac Dance PAC presented two works at the reunion.  Fighting Hope, choreographed by Jamie Zahradnik, is an intriguing group piece and Exaggravated, choreographed by Ashley Cook, is a powerful, athletic duet.  Both dances were very well received by the audience.

“The students had a wonderful time; Jamie and I were very proud of them,” said Dr. Haselbarth. “My colleagues, friends, and former students at  ‘Sam’ remarked on the strength and maturity of the San Jac South dancers. Jennifer Pontius, chair of dance at SHSU, and Andy Noble, assistant professor and co-artistic director of NobleMotion Dance, commented that the San Jacinto College South dance students are the best prepared dancers of all of the transfer students who enroll at SHSU. Jennifer told me this four years ago, and Andy reiterated this sentiment two weeks ago. Our dance program has been producing highly skilled and successful students for many years.”

Pictured: Hannah Christmas